After a long back and forth battle on sports betting in New Jersey, some good news emerged from the fight. Gov. Chris Christie's administration allowed for New Jersey casinos and racetracks to offer sports betting and asked a federal judge to allow it to take effect. The Christie administration also asked U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp to hear its request that Shipp clarify or modify an injunction he issued in February 2013 that prevented the state from endorsing sports betting. In a nutshell, Christie is dropping the state’s prohibition on sports gambling.
#SportsBetting in #NewJersey finally $$ http://t.co/suc9zZn9L1
— Sean Higgs (@SeanHiggs) September 8, 2014
This is in response to the recent closings of casino in Atlantic City. As the city seemed poised to die, Christie made this move to save the city and rejuvenate interest while bringing extra income to the area. Many people, especially avid gamblers are stunned and cannot believe the day is finally here.
<rubbing eyes> Did Chris Christie just legalize sports betting in NJ by executive action?
— Andy Fezzik (@AndyFezzik) September 8, 2014
Christie is excited about the move and cleared a path that has long been blocked by many to include professional sports teams.
"Based on the arguments of the sports leagues and the United States Department of Justice, the 3rd Circuit has already ruled that New Jersey can carry out sports wagering as described in today's statewide directive," the governor's office wrote in a statement. "The motion simply would clarify and formalize that authority and give clear guidance to casinos and racetracks waiting to open a sports pool in New Jersey."
This move could still see some opposition from the professional sports leagues, although the NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has said that the league would “ultimately participate”.
ICYMI: Adam Silver: Legalized sports betting ‘inevitable'; NBA ‘will ultimately participate’: http://t.co/FY5jph7V6P pic.twitter.com/ZB8SHFepWY
— NBC Sports Network (@NBCSN) September 5, 2014
So when can people expect to start betting on sports in New Jersey? The latest speculation indicates that it could be as soon as 30 days from today.
Sports betting coming to @MonmouthPark in "very, very near future" after Gov. Christie issues attorney general directive permitting it.
— Ray Paulick (@raypaulick) September 8, 2014
No bets will are allowed to be taken on teams located in New Jersey or on any sporting event taking place in New Jersey, but this is a major win for sports betting enthusiast. This will certainly open the doors for other states to attempt to offer their own sports betting platforms.
This is a banner day for New Jersey and sports betting!